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Republican strategist Steve Schmidt resigns from anti-Trump Lincoln Project amid scandals
"Run by prominent Republicans now in controversy. Fox's David Sponge, the Lincoln Project raised roughly $90 million since it's inception in 2019 Steve Schmidt announced Friday he stepping down John Weaver. He is in serious trouble after 21 men told The New York Times that he said sexually explicit text messages and, in some cases, promised jobs and other access in exchange for sex. Next Lincoln project leaders saying they were
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Real Time with Bill Maher
"Big government look. I didn't hear you talk against big government a lot of all look. It's not just the solar calendar we built the golden state bridge and the empire state building in about nine months into nine ninth. You tried to do that today. it would take. I'm telling you fifteen years three years for this shed. It's insane so okay. That was interesting. What you just said. And i i agree with it. Let me read you. A joe biden said about six weeks before the election. He said the thing that will fundamentally change with donald trump out of the white house talk. That's him saying now. The joke not me is. You will see an epiphany occur among many of my republican friends house that a penny going ten zero. Yeah one yeah well okay. But they don't do a piff unease. I feel like this is a problem with democrats. Always hoping for something that you know. It's the charlie brown with the football thing. They've never they never come around. You know susan collins never does the right thing baller box it up right by an has learned though and it's actually sounded a lot like people like me for the last ten years where most democrats including barack obama came in and either find bipartisanship as working with mitch mcconnell in mitch. Mcconnell could deny those votes and deny that veneer bipartisanship. What joe biden is coming in. Said it's not about mccain about mcconnell or any of those other republicans it's about the american people in the cove relief that's going through congress right now has the approval rating of eighty six percent that includes republicans and independents. That is true bipartisanship mitch. Mcconnell is deciding percent.
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Real Time with Bill Maher
"I can't get my solar turned on. So i'm not gonna argue with you that i think we have a few more limits than that but anyway you mentioned family. I know certain members of your own family did. They not claim that you were now possessed by the devil. Yeah so it was. I was over at my parents house and out of nowhere. I got a registered letter to my parents house that same day and i read it and it was just. I mean to handwritten pages really tiny letters really angry a lot of caps just saying i'm now in the devils army because i dared turned against president trump and actually i'll tell you i got a second certified letter reiterating that by the way about two weeks ago but the thing about that is i'm actually happy. I got it because it really woke me up to the to the level of brainwashing in some people and the understanding. They truly believe that they are fighting against the forces of evil just because the person that they thought was the second coming basically turned out the lose. Do you believe there is such a thing as devil i do. Yeah absolutely i do. And i think but i think when you i was in okay and your brainwashing and you know i mean if you believe that. There's such a thing as a devil to begin with. Aren't we halfway to nonsense right there. Well it's where you believe the. Listen i'll tell you. I was sitting there on insurrection. Day and i've gotta tell ya. I felt literal like pure evil coming into the capital and i've talked to many of the officers including officer known who was the guy that was drugged down the stairs and told kill him with his own gun and he's like man. I've never seen people like that. So i don't care you know if you call it evil or not. It was something that was crazing. These people to believe that if you go into the capital and destroy your somehow doing a service for your country. So i know you feel. I'm glad you do. And i wish you the best with this project that you can reclaim the republican party. But i do. I'm looking at the numbers congressman. And they're not. You would need a swing of about forty points. I mean trump wants to start his own party. Thirty-three percent of republicans are down with that right away another thirty seven percent. Say probably maybe so. Only thirty percent are with republican classic for you to reclaim the party again. I think he would need a swing of about forty percentage point. How can you really accomplish that. So it is herculean. And the thing i've looked at it as there has been no counter voice in the party to donald trump. Everybody's been scared. And that's where. I've finally decided just to be extremely bold about. It is to save people need to hear the other side of this. They need to remember that. There is a a really rich history of the republican party. We can be better and so i. I basically just did a video. Put it on country. I dot com with a one by the way. But i did that with the intention of just saying what i wanted to say. And the reaction was a- twenty thousand email sign ups and twenty four hours and what it showed it's not just disaffected. Republicans its independence and its even some democrats that are like we just want sane republican party so all i can do is put it the field. I may fail. That's okay. i'm at peace with trying but somebody's gotta do something. You're willing to lose your job..
"steve schmidt" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"Everybody our friend David Harsanyi from National Review in the mix now, with all the biggest, most important stories Of the week released the ones that he most wants to talk to us about David. Great to have you back. Always a pleasure. Thank you. So I had to laugh. This week. We had Steve Schmidt, who I am. I am not shy about criticizing for his Absurd commentary on the show on a regular basis, I do think maybe offers up. I don't know if he is the dumbest political commentator or but offers up some of the dumbest political commentary you could find. Anywhere on Dad's been doing this for the amusement of Democrats for years, former Republican GOP strategist or whatever. Now it comes out that he and other people from the Lincoln Project are Democrats. I mean, they're formerly joining the Democrat Party. I remember when I was saying that these people were called Democrats two years ago, our three years ago. You know, whatever, baby meet him before they had a Lincoln Project and and they were saying, all know they're the real conservatives Turns out not so much, David. No. Steve Schmidt is especially Knocks it Let you know the things he says. Especially just dishonest and this, you know, misleading and nasty, but he's not very bright guy, and he's always I mean, once you start going after senators like Collins and Maine or or other moderate Republicans. You're no longer anti Trump is just the Democrat, which was always my problem with Lincoln Project. What do you wanna go out there and campaign for Democrats? That's fine. If you want to be on CNN and other stations, pretending you're a Republican, which just so hurt by the mean things that Donald Trump says. You're misleading the public right And it's a scam and a con. And that's Of course what those guys were running over. There s so I I don't really understand what he couldn't. It's weird that he had to tell everyone. He's gonna be a Democrat, when he could have just continued that con. I guess that Because they had such little effect on the election. They're going to try something new. I don't know. But Yeah. I mean, it's such a joke. It seems to me like There's gonna be a whole lot of former conservative or whatever they call themselves. You know, GOP strategists at CNN and MSNBC, who only had they only got two options. Become Democrats or no longer be on TV and pushing this nonsense, because I mean, if you're looking for over representation of a set of political beliefs, the people who claim to be so so much the real Republicans during the Trump presidency who are on TV all the time you had Nicole Wallace from the Bush administration. Steve Schmidt. I mean, I can't even think of all them all off without my head right now Being all these former is your so called former Republicans. Who? Oh, what's his name of Rick Wilson? These people were so GOP. So what happens now? I mean, I get the Khan can continue Cannon. No, it's like there's always going to be an industry of former Republicans. You just can't take it. This is not something new. It's going back. You know it was happening during the Bush years as well. People just simply could not. You know, where has the Republican Party gone? It's terrible. Four years from now, people are gonna be saying, you know, At least Trump did X and why? You know this is even worth it, so it's always the way These guys were especially terrible. Because they didn't only attacked Trump and I'm fine with going after politicians, which they mocked conservatives. They mocked conservative beliefs, and, but they do it under under the title of a former Republican, you know the real conservatives and that's what just annoys me so much because it's no longer an ideological argument. It's just about personalities and these people. Just on TV so that they can make liberals feel good about themselves as they sort of to me and conservatives, and it's It's also. The problem with that is that you have networks that are putting these folks up for that very reason. They don't want to have real debates. They would have how many conservatives are really on CNN. Let's say, I mean, I don't really know none. But now the answer is none. It doesn't exist anymore, but go ahead. I know that I don't wanna insult You know, I know that we vote. No s E Cupp, right? I think we both worked with her at the same time, but she's you know, she's out there ripping the Second Amendment, you know, said, you know, she's just basically just a liberal who still calls herself. I guess a conservative and that's just misleading. I just think we deserve. Our viewers deserve a better debater. Maybe we don't deserve it. I don't know, but that you know it's still dishonest. I feel like there's no debate allowed at these places anymore. In fact, I think there are very few places in the media in general. Where there's any effort to allow a real airing of ideas, and I think it's because ah, lot of it is driven by audiences. I mean, I will say that it's true. It's very true. The left. It's even a little bit true on the right. You know, you'll have if there's an exchange of ideas that doesn't result. In someone saying, you know, and someone effectively clearly trouncing and sort of belittling the other person. He's a lot of people who are just disinterested in that now. I mean, they don't even really want to hear the exchange, not everybody, but that that's very common. And I think that's what the media ecosystems that exists right now have done and it's a shame and it Zuckman more pervasive on the left. Internet is on the right. But I do see it in both places and and I feel like we understand. The real crux of a lot of these arguments as a zoo, the American people less than we otherwise would, because everyone's just kind of protecting their brand. Now No one. No one actually wants to get into it. I think that's right. And you see people threatening to cancel their New York Times headlines when You know, someone writes, I'm sorry. Their subscriptions when someone writes a headline they don't like or covers the story they didn't like on. Obviously, you know, I get a lot of mail about, you know, National review as this writer of that writer like It's hard for people to understand. You could have more than one opinion when people attack of publication, they say, you know, the National Review says this with the national abuses that when it's a columnist Happened at the Federalist a swell, You know, it's hard for people to understand that you're gonna have a lot of different opinions and end debate, which I think is healthy s. Oh, yeah. I think you're right. It's a lot of I just think a lot of audiences just no longer want to hear it anymore. And I ain't too sad and I This was found bias. But conservatives probably are that way because they're so sick of these big institutions being so buys that they don't want it. In their view, they're like we don't need this debate here when we constantly hear it elsewhere, So I get that part of it, But I agree, And I also think conservatives are so sick of the fake version of these debates that I mean, it's kind of like the West wing effective from the TV show, but there's work in the West Wing. It's like, Oh, like the Democrats. If I have all these snappy comebacks that are just so wonderful and like, good looking and smart on the Republicans rose like I just I just love Jesus and and I hate women, and it's like.
Lawmaker quits GOP over bid to overturn Biden's win
"The political world has a new independent tonight because earlier. Today republican congressman. Paul mitchell of michigan decided to leave his republican party over trump's efforts to cast doubt on the election. It became clear to me that i could no longer be associated with the republican party. That leadership does not stand up and say the process. The election is over. It's over today. I voted for donald trump. i supported the administration policies. Ninety five ninety six percent of the time the last two terms. I've active in the national state party but this party has to stand up for democracy. I for our constitution. I am not clinical considerations. that's a candidate. Not simply for raw political power. And that's what feels going on. And i've had enough back with us tonight. Robert gibbs former obama campaign senior adviser former white house press secretary under one president obama and steve schmidt longtime political strategist who led the mccain campaign. Who has since left the republican party and among the founders of the lincoln project which set out to defeat trump and trumpism and steve. That's why i'm going to start with you What have they unleashed. I've got a poll to show you fox news poll. Seventy seven percent of trump voters. Feel that the election was stolen from their guy. Then this weekend at a maga- rally in washington a chance starts up. Destroy the gop. What have they uncorked here. How will anyone fix this. And is a guy like mitch mcconnell ready for the consequences. Well let me just say brian. That several years ago a book came out and it was name j winning and he posited that april eighteen sixty five one of the most important historical monse in history. And i think when we look back november. Twenty twenty is going to be such a monte it's a before and after monte hinge in our history and it was the month where faith and belief in american democracy was deliberately premeditatively intentionally poisoned by donald trump by his supporters including many elected republicans in culminating with one hundred twenty six members of congress in eighteen attorney general's signing in a meekest brief. Now it's important to understand that signing got a meek brief was not illegal lack the junk lawsuits. It was preposterous. It was a political statement. It was a repudiation of be bedrock of the american system the idea that a government of the people by the people for the people. The people are sovereign. The people decide who our leaders are in their in tampa to maintain empower defeated in common president over the clear in legitimate. Victor is something that will do to american democracy. What the exxon valdez. Day to alaskan waters deepwater horizon did gulf waters it poisons that fundamental faith and belief which the system can't survive without and then lastly resolved in washington dc. We saw right wing extremist violence with these proud boys. And just because they weren't wearing brown or black doesn't mean that they're not the same people that you saw at nineteen thirty five or nineteen. Twenty seven in italy or in germany is a fascistic organisation. Trying to impose violence political will on the country. We're in a lot of trouble as country after this month of november. And we're going to be fighting this fight for generation and this is the month where american politics relying on one side a pro democracy coalition and on the other side we have an autocratic coalition within that autocratic coalition for example in the house. You have a conservative leader liz. Cheney and you have an autocratic leader kevin mccarthy in the same way that the kansas nebraska wrote the whig party in eighteen fifty four and led to the emergence of a new party. The republican party. I suspect that what we've seen play out over these last weeks with these members signing onto this in time we'll break the republican party into its conservative faction faction but either way we have one institution politically in. This country stands for the ideals of american democracy. And that's the democratic party. You'll political party in the world while you've given us a lot about their can sure on your assessment of april eighteen sixty five the book by jay winnick which i love to and his on my bookshelf. Hey robert think of the senators as i like to call them in the witness protection program. The lamar's the blunts especially the portman. Monds they insist on being upstanding republicans all of them to a man have taken a dive for this president and have sold out their seats and votes. When it's come down to it. How are they going to react. When perhaps as the ultimate extension of trumpism these chance startup about destroying the gop. They didn't make that bargain. They just went along. With a a president occult. They were scared of getting tweeted out. Who doesn't understand that They didn't go along with destroying the party. that got them to the dance will. They didn't brian. But i think they cut a deal essentially with trump and bought something they may not be able to now return Because this is going to land on them. How are they going to sit across from a president. That a seventy seven percent of their own party believes is illegitimate and try to govern the country. It has to start brian with not just a recognition of what happened today at the electoral college. But why and how it happened because of an honest free and fair election fifty some court cases which heard wild accusations about fraud that never got proven and election that delivered a president elected vice president-elect and if they don't begin to explain that to their own voters that this wasn't just a happenstance on a calendar for the electoral college but in fact a result of an election that was had in this country been. They too are going to be able to govern the the idea that this is just making joe biden less and less of a legitimate president and that they own or quite frankly aren't going to feel the effects of this on them. I think you're beginning to see it whether it's chance that you saw in washington whether it's the questions that the senators that are up for re election in georgia are getting they go to these rallies. They pitch their candidacy for a vote. And then somebody says what. Are you doing to protect democracy for the presidential campaign and if they don't start to let the air out of that balloon in a real way. Nobody's gonna come vote for them and january because nobody's going to have confidence in the system even their own base.
NBC/WSJ poll: Support for Biden has almost doubled
"NBC News Wall, Street Journal poll released yesterday, and support. For Joe Biden has almost doubled after just last week's debate the poll taken before trump announced he had covid nineteen has biden by fourteen, fifty, three to forty nine still with us our professionals. Steve Schmidt, Robert Gibbs Robert I am duty-bound to point out I think Hillary Clinton on this date in two thousand sixteen was ahead by exactly fourteen points with that in mind. What would your charge to your fellow Democrats be? Well I would. I would ignore the polls. And go full steam ahead on what you have to do to win this race next continue to assure the American people. That you're capable and that you've got a plan for implementing that. The. Change that you need to see in the White House but I think Lewis startling about that poll. This race has been remarkably stable Brian it's been stable for a really long time regardless of all that gets thrown at it, and so the NBC NBC eight previous polls, the average margin was Biden by eight percent in February it was Biden by eight percent in September. It was Biden by eight percent now it's fourteen. The American people got a good hard look at Donald Trump in that debate and they liked absolutely nothing of what they saw I don't think Joe Biden is going to win this race by fourteen points. The one of the last moments Donald Trump had available to him to begin to change the trajectory of this race in his favour not only did he miss that opportunity, but he actually handed a significant amount of support with now just four weeks left in this race to his opponent Joe. Biden. Mister Gibbs makes a great point Mr Schmidt and let's go further on. Politics. Steve Mitch McConnell is seventy eight. He is a polio survivor he is scared to. Of Covert nineteen by all available evidence politically, he is scared to death of not pushing through the third Supreme Court nominee what's going to happen? Do you think in the US Senate three Republican members down with positive diagnoses? Well look specifically when it comes to stopping a Supreme Court Nomination Brian you have to think about it like trying to rob a train before you can get to the safe with the gold on it on the train to derail the train you have to slow it down you have to be able to get on the train and so what the Democrats have to do is not be focused on delaying the hearings pass the election they need to be focused on delaying the hearings for the first day they need to push it back one day, and then once you can push it back one day you can. Get the second day, but the reality is is it'd be very difficult for the Senate to hold onto the time line because total recklessness of so many of these senators and of course, trump at the trump administration and all of the chaos that we're seeing play out over over this weekend, and then elect Wurley for the Senate I. Mean This is just a disaster I. Think Certainly Mitch McConnell understands. He's on the precipice of losing his Senate majority. It's almost a certainty that he will. It may be a wipeout. You see for example, Mike spn Mississippi Mike espy is in a very close race now you see. The Kansas Senate race, the Democratic candidate is points up there. So the it seems like the walls are collapsing on all of this. This was a terrible terrible week for trump and for all the trump of batters, enablers and accomplices in the United States Senate I, mean, it started with the with the debate and it got worse from there the. Senior leadership of the campaign scandalized there is a mutant in the campaign on Friday night. PEOPLE DON'T WANNA show up to work too terrified to go into the White House profound mistrust of their leadership, and then there's reports out tonight from the incomparable Gabe Sherman for example, a Vanity Fair talking about the divide in the family looking at how crazy trump's behaviors been. Over the course it is last weekend with Donald Trump junior apparently talent people that they have to try to rain man knowing what a disaster this is. So my view is this is all coming down the Walzer collapsing we're seeing that play out everything we're seeing trump do is from a position of weakness and the idea now that he's going to be able to. CAST himself as some type of hero for having defeated cove at I think is. A ludicrous delusion on the part of him Sean Hannity and his
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA
"News roundup and information overload. Our Sean Hannity show a lot of news today, A cz the president, by the way, will be holding a virtual I guess rally tonight. If it's happening during Hannity, we will dip in and out of that will be covering it live. We'll let you know what time that is all taken place pretty interesting after the diagnosis yesterday. You know one thing that has been a pretty bizarre phenomenon to me. I don't waste a lot of time talking about these, the people that thought they were Republican. You know, for example, have Steve Schmidt Nicole Wallace have known them for years when they were running John McCain's campaign on DH when Nicole Wallace worked for George W. Bush. I knew her. Then I have nothing against either one of them. They're allowed to have their own political opinions. I remember Joe Scarborough when you know one day in particular, And when the 2000 election took place calls May I was walking around my backyard. As he's telling me. They're stealing this election from George W. Bush. Hey, claims he's a conservative. I would beg to differ with that. I think he is not at all. But you have this whole the Lincoln Project Group of People. Everybody's entitled to their own political views. But you're not going to tell me that all of these people that that rage against Trump and it is rage. That are backing Biden. But yet calling themselves publicly Republicans is believable to may because they're there now they are now actively going against the single greatest governing conservative we've had in our lifetime. And that being Donald Trump, and they are supporting well, Let's be honest. The weak, frail, cognitively compromise Joe Biden, a guy that won't even answer a question about stacking the court's sending the legislative filibuster. He won't take a stand about the stands that he has taken our what? The Bolshevik Bernie Manifesto as we discussed earlier and and all these other radical stands and eliminating oil and gas in the new green deal and open borders and amnesty, and we know his weakness on foreign policy. I e. The Mullah's in Iran getting $150 billion in cash and other currency and we getting nothing. But that is what would happen if they have their way in just 32 short days. There's actually a book that has now been written about this. I'm going to get to the author in a second here because I think it's I just think it's a critical moment. For all of us tow as you don't ask yourself. Do you really believe the people when they When they talk about this? Let's go to, for example, the president talking about male and fraud. I don't hear any Former Republican speaking out and I've got to imagine if it was John McCain, Mitt Romney or more moderate or rhino Republican that they would be feeling this way. This's going.
Trump and his physician deny he had "mini-strokes"
"Into the mini stroke. Situation. And as I was recounting before we took the top of the hour break, I was prompting you to remember last fall. When the president had this little Walter Reed excursion. It was unannounced and remember. That Trump's White House physician, Dr Sean Conley, He hustled the president into a limo and rode with him to the hospital. Remember that? The one house said at the time that the weekend visit was to begin his routine annual exam. But there was another break from protocol because nobody at Walter Reed was advised that the president was coming and it wasn't on. Trump's schedule, typically any type of visit. It's on the schedule. The press is alerted, sometimes even a day in advance. And then nobody. Walter Reed knew the president was coming. So that added to the intrigue added to the mystery. White House pool reporters said that they were told that Trump's movements that Saturday was strictly One reportable. Quickly on reportable. Until he arrived at the hospital, so they weren't supposed to report anything until he got to the hospital. That was a 2 47 PM now despite the irregularities in the White House press office, they released a statement afterward. Saying that Trump was merely taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington to start his physical because he's anticipating a very busy 2020. Right. That's what the White House said fast forward. And we have a new book coming out. By Michael Schmidt. Of the New York types, not not Schmidt. But Schmidt. And that's a C H m i d t. And of course I'm s C h and I t t. And in this book, this Schmidt Dude reports that Vice President Mike Pence. Was told to be on standby to assume. Presidential powers during Trump's Rather abrupt visit toe. Walter Reed and Schmidt writes, quote this from the book. In the hours leading up to Trump's trip to the hospital. Word went out in the West Wing for the vice president to be ready to be on standby to take over the powers of the presidency temporarily if Trump had to undergo a procedure. That would have required him to be anesthetized. Now, clearly if you just want to take advantage of getting a jump on your Physical. I don't see a need that the V P would have to be notified that he could be assuming powers. And why the hell would you have to be a anesthetized if you just pop it so things that didn't add up And now you have this passage from the book? And is this true or is this false? Based on what we know of the book at this point. Schmidt doesn't speculate. What procedure could have been under consideration. So if this is accurate, what the hell could have been going on? What could trump have been? So potentially under the need for anesthesia in what would potentially put Mike Pence. In the in the chair. A Zach Ting president while the president was under, for instance. What, So we don't know? We also don't know what his sourcing for the information about the hospital visit is But here's where it gets a little bit weird. That mortar the story your folks It's a little strange here. The response for President Trump. This morning. He denied suffering a Siri's of many strokes. And it's strange. Strange here. It's It's odd because Steve Schmidt or Ah, sorry, Michael Schmidt, rather Michael Schmidt in the book. Hey. Never stated that Trump had suffered any small or many Schroecksnadel. So here's the president denying that he suffered a Siri's of many strokes. Based on the details of this book coming out and the trip to Walter Reed, but No. Where did this Michael Schmidt bring up? Many strokes. Or TIA, or whatever. So Schmitz book doesn't get specific. But Trump did get specific. And this is what the president tweeted out this morning. It never ends. Now They're trying to say that your favorite president me went toe Walter Reed Medical Center, having suffered a Siri's of many strokes. Never happened to this candidate. Fake news. Perhaps they're referring to another candidate from another party exclamation point. I just thought why did President Trump bring up? Many stroke when the reporter and the author of the book doesn't make any mention Of a stroke or even suggesting anything close. So that's where the story gets a little odd that an hour later, Schmidt responded to the president in a tweet of his own and he wrote Book says nothing about many strokes.
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Work in Progress with Sophia Bush
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"steve schmidt" Discussed on Work in Progress with Sophia Bush
"Lucy level crazy with like a little knife of treatments I. Don't I don't know how we do this some curious. If you have thoughts, will the truth in? Our in combat in a way that we've never seen before in the history of the country in this moment in time and it. Is One of the great threats that the country's ever faced and right to mention were well, and if you go to the end of Nineteen eighty-four, where Winston is being interrogated by the Party official party official, hold up four fingers, and says to Winston how many fingers in my holding up in Winston says I only see for? Party officials says, but it could be five, or it could be three. The answer is is what the Party tells you in so trump's lies. or by a different, were of magnitude. Diverging from typical politician lies so. You. Politics is a strange business is a candidate because. Most normal people don't go around talking about themselves in superlatives. You wouldn't want to be around a person who constantly talks about how superior they are smart talented why they should be advanced into this, and so you see a typical politician lie for example is one of puffery. I was on the plane. That was a little bit closer harm's way in the combat zone than it actually was, or I didn't have sex with that woman right Lies to avoid embarrassment. trumpster materially different their lives with. Right and Eliah of authority ridge began literally day one with the crowd size demands of a supporter that they surrender their intellectual agency that a refute. What they've seen with their own eyes, because what's true is what the leader says is true, even though it's obviously not not so and so when you think about lying. Twenty Thousand Times Thirty Thousand Times in a in a democracy. It's the lie of authority. But it's also intentional to make people fear the liar. And, not the Lai in so if you think about. The. Two Great Twentieth Century threats that the Country Face Fascism in the nineteen thirties and nineteen forties and communism. Throughout the throughout the Cold War. Those systems were built foundationally allies. And our system is predicated on truths, inalienable truce as an ideal that all of us are created equal endowed with the nailing, -able rights among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and. The American system of government, which imperfectly strength springs from the values of the enlightenment in the eighteenth in the eighteenth century, is foundationally built on truce. But if you obliterate the line between truth and lie. And more importantly distinguish any ability to discern the difference between the two..
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Work in Progress with Sophia Bush
"Perseverance and endurance right I mean look at the at the ended a day. It's It's a business where you have to win, and you have to overperform expectations it. It's a small community like anything else it. Probably seems impenetrable to outsiders, but like any other profession it it has its rhythms, and you find strong mentors, and you know people ultimately gives you the opportunities to. To be in those faces to be in those places and. I've been lucky on that I I think it's it's a mix of like anything in life. It's a mix of. Hard work. also be in the right place at the right time. And I think what has a lot to do with. A lot of things. When you were rising in ranks. Were there. Are there moments that stand out to you? A moment that you remember where you spoke up and said something and caught the attention of one of the folks in charge or a suggestion that you made that that really made go that Steve Guy. We we should ask him about this the next time. you remember like that. Also I had So there is a well. I I don't know specifically your per, se, but as you as you're as you're working in politics in your in your coming up on. My. My approach is always been to try to tell people. You know the truth. speak truth to power. Your respectfully, but not try to delude anybody about. What's happening why it's happening, and you know hopefully over a career you know middle aged now is that you develop a reputation for someone who? You know someone who can do that. who was the first really big? Name you worked for we talk about. President Bush and McCain Schwarzenegger all these people who are. Household names. which which of those guys did you work for first Bush? And what were you brought into do? I help run the communications operation on the two thousand four campaign, and then I went into the White House, Assistant to the President and a in counselor, the vice president in in my time, there Iran choose Supreme Court confirmations I spent time.
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Work in Progress with Sophia Bush
"Hi Everyone Sophia Bush here welcomed a work in progress where I talked to people who inspire me about how they got to where they are, and where they think they're still going. Steve Schmidt is the CO founder of the Lincoln Project and served as a political strategist for George Bush and John McCain presidential campaign. He's advised former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as. World leaders political movements in June of twenty eighteen, Schmidt tweeted twenty nine years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of the Republican Party, which was founded in eighteen, fifty, four to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life. Today. I renounce my membership in the Republican Party it is fully party of trump and quote. He joins me on this episode to discuss what led him into politics and how where we are now is drastically different from what inspired his career. We talk about the importance of truth. Consequences of not being able to tell what is real or fake. The media, the business of selling hope how the trump administration has disastrously handled this pandemic and cost American wives. And how to have conversations with people you.
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Stephanie Miller's Happy Hour Podcast
"Come down. Happy Happy Hour. This is so exciting. Steve Schmidt political consultant extraordinaire joins US Steve Okay. I'm going to try to calm down and not freak you out but first of all. Do you know my dad ran with Barry Goldwater in nineteen sixty four. Did you okay so I? I don't want to call them daddy issues but a long for the days principled. Republicans like you when you get going on your rants on MSNBC. I you're just such a patriot. I just I can't tell you how much it resonates with me. Thank you very much. It's nice listen. We have a love hate thing because there's a whole period where I hated you because you are so good at what you do but I mean this not only you said this when you renounce the Republican Party and became independent as I. This is not only not you can go back. Not Reagan's Party this is not my dad's Party goldwater party. I mean you can go back. This is trump's party as you said when you renounce the parties are this is fully Donald Trump's party now. It's a trump party book more than that. It's it's any American in the sense that it's a cult of personality we. We've not seen very many political cults of personality in this country over the entirety of our history. I think culturally ideologically. I imagine this is what it would have been. George Wallace became president. That's that's really. What trump races wallace's it's a southern evangelical early infused and by Southern Evangelical confused? I I don't mean good people. Faith I mean the Pharisees Season The temple the Jerry Falwell Juniors the Franklin. Graham's not in the White House is spiritual advisor Pastor Haggi and the recipes and it said that fusion culturally mixed in with White Grievance Dash of populism in a time where globalization and automation and artificial intelligence putting downward pressure on so many working class communities so many working class jobs even before Kobe. Did you know he's a grievance candidate mean? You know Reagan whether you agreed or disagreed with Ronald Reagan. Reagan was fueled by optimism. Right in that optimism one him and election with forty nine states trump is on his fueled by grievance and in that grievance culture. There's no no one allowed to be a bigger victim than Donald. Trump is playing the role of victim and chief every day every hour blaming somebody for as abominable failures of leadership and his totaling competency and ineptitude. And so that's the that's the hour we live in now. Which is you know very different in different than what we've ever had before that is one of the love phases of your yours and my love hate. Relationship is when I was eight. Twenty one year old college kid. I voted for Donald Ronald Reagan. So when I was daddy's girl and I assumed I was a republican to so right but it just it seems like a million years ago in terms of just as you always put it on twitter and on TV just it. We've just never seen anything like this. You Bet no future. President will ever hang trump's portrait in the White House it will be impossible to shower even false praise. On the most vile of men. His presidency will be like Chernobyl something to be sealed off a poison to be contained. And that's what I would think and I can't speak from my Dad Steve. He's been gone since eighty-three but he was a Nurnberg prosecutor. I can't imagine. He was chairman of the Republican Party. I can't imagine him hearing trump. Say there's very fine people referring to Nazis Charlottesville. I mean we just. We lost this league in terms of just what kind of man he is. I can tell you what kind of man my dad was. And it's like you and John. Weaver and Rick Wilson and all the guys that have renounced the Republican Party and trump because basically because of the kind of manny forget president right. He's just a despicable human being for. Sure he he embodies all of the anti virtues. He's Selfish. He's saying he's narcissistic. He's in it for himself. We've never seen a president. Who's more corrupt? We've never seen a president. Nita moment of crisis is incompetently as this one has but all of his defects and they fall. Basically if you were to generalize the three categories. She's he's proven himself to be intellectually deficient. He's mentally deficient. I mean somebody who gets up there and says that the way you deal with Khurana viruses to inject yourself for disinfectants and he's morally deficient. He's he's unable to process that we have one hundred thousand data. Americans will have many more the collective grief that we feel as a country. I it doesn't touch his heart at all. He has an incapacity for leadership at at every level. And so we see the spiralling dishonesty the fantasy that everything will be recovered by the fourth quarter and we realized that Joe. Scarborough has pointed this out. I take a brilliant Washington Post column and he talked about it on Morning Joe this morning. Which is how did the country that has half of the world's Nobel Prizes for Science and math in the last fifty years while seventy years since one thousand nine hundred fifty. How can this happen here? Most most advanced country in the world the place of invention in science where the epicenter with four percent of the world's population of a global pandemic that you have more chance of getting it in the US more chance dying from it in the US not every economy around the world to shatter because of this shattered because of trump's credible ineptitude and and responding to it so all of the virtues that you're that you're talking about of that generation the generation that grew up in the depression that at fought in the war as we approach Memorial Day as we approach another anniversary of the D Day invasion his his Anna theoretical to every sensibility of what leadership look like what competency look like of what. American character look like and so we stand on the edge of this new RANCID ERA. Donald trump putting his case forward for re election. I think one of the most consequential elections in the country's history since eighteen sixty four. We had a big choice for the direction of the country. We decided that election whether we'd be a country at all or not. Well now you brought up a sore spot. You Know Steve. I have to say I gotta ask though because my liberal friends have already hated me that I vote for Reagan. I don't know how many years ago that was but I mean why are you guys so much better at this early in our side. These Lincoln Project ADS. You guys know how to go for the jugular. That's what I feel like. Democrats need to learn to fight the way you guys do because obviously hated. You're on the opposite side of campaigns but these Lincoln project ads are obviously making them go insane. The morning in America spelled absolutely as morning. Not Reagan's morning but you know that said we are sicker and poorer how we can even be having a discussion. Steve as both sides do it and is he doing a good job when we have a hundred million Americans dead and forty million out of work or will be to that shortly. How are we having a discussion as to whether you know you're better off today right the CA- campaign question? You ask every cycle. Well you all elections you know fundamentally come down to do you want to change direction. Where do you want more of the same in? It's very difficult to imagine what the case for more of the same as a matter reality so you see a number of national polls right now that show Joe Biden enough eleven points you see. Trump's numbers collapsing with key demographics corrupt collapsing in the swing states. But mostly the country looks at this in size that this is not what a winner looks like. This guy's a loser and and I don't mean this I don't mean.
Strategist Steve Schmidt Discusses Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump
"Do you think that Bernie Sanders is the biggest threat to your president trump? Right now I do think so I would say that the biggest threat to president trump is president trump. What do you mean by that? Well if he's on his game as he was at the state of the Union there's a candidate in the country that can beat them if there is a second choice of than himself it would be Bernie Sanders Bernie. Sanders brings out outside game in a similar fashion. That president trump did in two thousand sixteen interesting moment there with Tim. Scott of South Carolina Senator Bernie Sanders coming off a big win in Nevada. And on Saturday we will come to what is only. Let's remember the second primary of the political season. Let's talk about the state of our politics with us. Now Steve Schmidt a veteran former Republican strategist us since left the Republican Party. But he's here with US tonight. That's all we care about. Let's take them one at a time. Let's start with the Republicans. Start WITH SENATOR. Scott's point the biggest risk to donald trump is donald trump because we just had shannon petty peace with with a straight face as a reporter. Say It's another one of these crises corona virus. That trump didn't start himself. Well Look Tim. Scott is correct. I mean the person that is always created the most powerful for Donald trump politically is is donald trump but since his acquittal by the Senate as he's purging the government of anybody he thinks is disloyal as he is taking his revenge is he is a visceral rating the rule of law in unprecedented fashion. Interfering in criminal cases the Department of Justice his poll numbers are going up and so he is consolidating power at an alarming rate in doing so liberally. Let's talk about the Democrats and as we do. I WanNa play the Clip Bernie. Sanders campaign manager. Came on with Chris Hayes earlier on this network tonight. We'll look at that one of the reasons that I love and fight for Bernie Sanders. There's integrity and honesty. You get with him and what that means is when you ask them a direct question he gives you a direct response comes from his heart from his soul. Tells you exactly what he's thinking right and that means that sometimes you may disagree with his perspective but you know he's he's shooting straight with. He's not playing a political game. So when you ask them about. Hey how about Cuba and the Castro? Oh well he's an authoritarian. He's engaged in human rights abuses however there were some good things that happened in Cuba. We should acknowledge those two. And that's an honest answer and then other people will play political games. And that's why for instance Chris. I think over the course of this campaign. We've benefited from the fact that his stray shooting his integrity. His honesty rises above other people's efforts to try to offer political barbs and try to throw cheap shots in the kitchen sink at him that were tonight and at a CNN town hall and the last hour people to judge just said in effect here. We are as a party. We're talking about Fidel Castro. Indeed and they are and you look at travesty of a debate if you're in the business of wanting to remove Donald Trump from office. The one thing that wasn't talked at all about in that debate was trump or trumpism and so the campaign managers talking about Bernie Sanders Integrity. Is he showing integrity by not releasing his medical records? Is he showing transparency and integrity by not talking about the Price Tag associated with student? Loan Forgiveness Free Pre pre K. daycare for everybody. And there's no price tags on any of this. It's a dishonest progressivism. That's NO DIFFERENT THAN DONALD. Trump's dishonesty talking about the Mexican paid for wall it's all fantasy and so when Bernie Sanders goes out there. He starts talking about well. Here's the good sides of Fidel Castro. I think it's important to understand that there might be a constituency for that in this country but it's a really small one and it's certainly not enough to get you into an electoral college majority to win the White House. And it certainly dooms your chances in Florida. How do you process the fact that tomorrow night? We're going to have seven people on stage. Two of them are billionaires. Two of them look at real double digit poll numbers knowing that money bought those poll numbers not some inner need to have them as our next president. How do we process that well? I think they're two different cases right so first off. Mike Bloomberg was the mayor of New York City for twelve years and by any objective standard. He was one of the most competent successful leaders of large government anywhere in the world over the last quarter century. He was a profoundly successful mayor. I think it's a mistake for Democrats to attack. Somebody like Mike. Bloomberg who grew up in a middle-class circumstance and is a self made man is one of the country's greatest philanthropists and I disagree with him on a number of different issues but if you are invested in progressive causes. It's hard for me to think of anybody who has done more to advance progressivism whether it's on gun issues whether it's on climate then has Mike Bloomberg so the notion that Mike Bloomberg is on that stage somehow illegitimately is not something that I really understand. Tom Steyer has been an activist in American politics. Now for some period of years he has communicated a message. He's gotten the requisite poll numbers to be on the stage. The question will be after the South Carolina primaries. If you have eight moderate Democrats all of whom might have a greater chance of beating Donald Trump and does Bernie Sanders? Will some of those candidates get out of the race to help coalesce support around the strongest? Moderate candidate? Poor the issue right now in the Democratic primaries you cannot make an objective judgement and say Bernie Sanders is going to go down to Donald Trump in the swing states on the basis of poll numbers because the poll numbers. Don't support that in those states. But when you look at Bernie Sanders positions that we should criminalize illegal immigration. That we're going to take health insurance away from one hundred fifty million people who have private health insurance a of other issues the type of rhetoric that you saw him use on sixty minutes talking about Castro. All of these issues come together. In a way that I think objectively with James Carville said is disqualifying for somebody running for president in somebody. Who'S LIKELY TO LOSE TO DONALD TRUMP and I think that's what you're saying. A lot of panic in the democratic electorate in the democratic officeholder class in these days really focused on Steve Schmidt always a pleasure. Thank you for
"steve schmidt" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"I guess a year ago, if you asked me would you ever be involved in one of these again, my answer would have been as that I've been at the highest level of winning one the highest level of a losing one in both outcomes are better than ever being involved in a third one. But but the truth of the matter is in this Howard American life. The only way to repudiate this is electorally. And in America, we confront our problems in our challenges at the ballot box. And it's something that. A more open to than I would have been a year ago six months ago, it's not something that I have a burning desire to go. And do it's not something that I envisioned myself running. But I could see myself in more likely as a volunteer than a principal architect but being involved and being involved in an effort to renew the promise the idea and ideals of the country, and I'll give democratic mystic about our future. I'm optimistic about our future. But but this has to be confronted and in the in the institution in the country. That's going to confront that's call to confront. That's obligated responsible to confront is the Democratic Party, the oldest political party in the world in one of the great ironies of it. I really believe this. Is that the repudiation of Trump is through the form of overwhelming democratic victories, one of the institutions? That the Democratic Party may wind up saving. And it's defeat of Trumpism is the Republican party it self. I could literally go on for another hour and a half. But we're overall ready, and I have a feeling we're gonna be having many more conversations of the next several years. So Steve Schmidt. Thanks for your friendship. Thanks for your candor. And I look forward to seeing what you're up to. Thanks, David, David. Thank you for listening to the X files.
"steve schmidt" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"Who was the son of a legendary democratic politician mortgage Fong you in the state of California Matt was an air force academy graduate, but it was a race. I was a big race for me in my career. And I think got me my first level of attention because we defeated Darrell Issa who is running for the US Senate in Daryl I had sent spent fourteen fifteen million dollars in the race. Which is in astounding. Out of money personal money at the time to Archie and a half million. And we took him out. And Matt phone and at the top of the ticket was Dan longer than you know, Matt lost the race. Nicole Nicole was working for. But that that experience for me most meaningful is that you know, you go through life, and you have these random, and counters, and you meet people along life's journey, and you know, for me in California, and that's one of the most important relationships in my life. You know person who would go on into occupy space in my life. Really like a sister. You know, someone just, you know, for the next twenty years, you know, at every thing, I've done subsequently has been has been present there from where we are today and MSNBC to the Bush White House to the John McCain campaign, you know, to the aftermath of the bottle and the feud with Sarah Palin, and and all of it. You know, it was it was a relationship. That's as close as any. I have in my life, and you know, Moe's grateful that you know, my life intersected with hers in California in that year. You just basically summarized what I have to cover with you. Here. Plus where we are today. But you also reminded me of something that I missed when we were talking about your childhood, and that's your sister. Your your sister who is gay and. And was that a known fact in your household was at a had had you might when my sister finally came out. No one in my family fell out of their chair and nobody cared. Hell would now. My sister had been married, divorced. And then came out I see and. You look back at the time, and the culture and that. Catholic culture northern New Jersey where very much, you know, let's say you're at a family friends place. You know, there'd be that's Tony and Tony's friend. Fred and tried. It was not something that was ever spoken aloud of. And not something that you thought much about if I was twenty two years old, and you hooked me up to a polygraph and said you ever met a gay person honest to God, I would've answered now, which is of course, looking back on it Nassir, it's absurd right? And. Over time in on these issues, and we talk about the Republican party. Yeah. I grew up in the Republican party of the north in the west and the Republican party, which is founded in eighteen fifty four eighteen fifty eight is the majority party in the north in the west on the day that LBJ signs the Civil Rights Act. There's three elected Republican south of the Mason Dixon line. What's true? And we talked about this today at the Schwarzenegger event. We talk about the dysfunction American politics. But one of the things that's changed in the air that I grew up in. There were no shortage of legitimate conservatives in the Democratic Party. There was no shortage of legitimate liberals in the Republican party. Neither party was ideologically. Homogeneous neither party was regionally homogeneous. So in the northeast of the country that tradition of the Republican party wasn't that it was an ideologically conservative party. It was in many ways just as liberal from a policy perspective of the Democratic Party. But it was the good government party. It was the any corrupt. He was the anti Tammany. When I was ten years old, I volunteered for John Lindsay, right? Of course, who ran against Tammany hall or the the remnants of it the in New York for mayor. I went over to the liberal party headquarters and worked for him because you ran on different lines. But he was the Republican candidate Nelson Rockefeller. I tried to work for him. They didn't have anything for me to do as an eleven year old. So they just let me meet Jackie Robinson, which was pretty cool who's working for Nelson. Rocco? But you're right..
"steve schmidt" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"I got to meet Steve Schmidt from a distance when we were opposite numbers in the two thousand eight presidential campaign. He is the strategist for John McCain and me for Barack Obama. I knew him then as a fierce in incisive competitor. What I learned later when we became friends was all about the passion. He brought for American history for the country for service. These days Steve is known as an outspoken never Trumper seen on MSNBC with rumblings that he might turn up in a democratic campaign in two thousand twenty I sat down with Steve before the apprehension of the Florida bomber end the tragic events in Pittsburgh at the tree of life congregation. Our thoughts and prayers, of course, are with all the victims and their families one other thing election days coming up on November six early voting is going on almost EV. Every state by now that has it whatever your persuasion in this year's election seems particularly important supplies get out there and vote. Steve schmidt. I've been stocking. You all these years brother just to get this podcast done. We're finally together here in California. We both at the Schwarzenegger institute today, which was fun talking about civility in politics, which seems like a timely topic. What we're going to get to that. But I wanna talk about your your journey starting in north Plainfield New Jersey, whereas north Plainfield north Plainfield will I get to see you always David and real happy to be able to finally get this done Northfields in New York City bedroom community about twenty five miles outside the city the bus stopped up at the corner. And my dad would hop on it and go into New York when he worked there or to Hackensack, and it was a coun- made up of mostly. Irish Catholics Italian Catholics, the cultural center of the town was the Italian American club. I I remember when I was about nine years old. I I asked my mother, I said, hey, mom. Why doesn't dad come to church with us? And I said, I know he's friends with father John they play in the card game together in my mother took a took a deep sigh, and she has long pregnant pause. And she said she said your father is he's a Protestant. And I just you had no idea what that was. It's you're either Catholic or Jewish. It was it was an ethic community. We're what would what are the backgrounds of your parents your their family history? Mom was a teacher grew up in Jersey City. My dad who but what about her folks, we're where they all come from everybody came from somewhere grandfather on her side Irish. Bus driver. My grandmother worked in the GE factory. My dad's side also jerseys that were there they were from Bayonne my dad's side of the family. My grandfather was an interesting guy. He was a twin. And my father was a twin. My grandfather in his twin brother Bill who jumped into Normandy with the eighty second airborne. But both of those brothers lost their first wives and first child in childbirth. And so my father and his twin brother were the product of a second marriage and uncle Bill my grandfather's twin who had who had fought in worm. Andy got polio in the early nineteen fifties and someone who had survived a European theater from D day forward spent the rest of his life in in a wheelchair. But my dad didn't have a college degree started out working for the phone company. He was a union lineman. He got promoted into management played a pretty significant role alternately at the very end of his career to head of bell. Alantic environmental protection department rose on his wits and his skills in his intellect, and it was deeply involved in the restoration of phone lines and phone services..
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
"And has happens with biotech companies and pharmaceutical companies. They rise and fall in their financial worth rises and falls based on whether or not they have good treatment for a particular disease. And so it appears a Chris Collins was an investor and a member of the board owned substantial stock as did his son Cameron Collins. So on around June twenty. Second of two thousand seventeen the biotech company got bad news and the bad news was that it's drug that they thought was promising for the treatment. Multiple sclerosis reform m. i. s. four one, six had failed. It's trial. And as you might imagine, the bad news had a huge effect on the price of the stock of the company. In fact, after they made the news public of the failure of the drug trial, the price of the. Doc dropped ninety two percent in what the indictment lays out the folks in my old office allege is that Chris Collins, along with some others passed along this inside information about the failed drug trial before it became public before other people could decide to sell, and he passed that information onto his son, understanding that he would trade on it in other people were contacted as well. And there are other tippy as known and overall the indictment alleges because Chris Collins passed along inside information that he had no right to pass along as an inside or at the company losses were voided to the tune of seven hundred sixty eight thousand dollars. The reason I mentioned it is not just out of pride for the work of my own office, and I congratulate them bringing this case in Chris Collins and the other defendants are innocent until proven guilty. That's our system, but it looks pretty strong as I read the indictment and the calls back and forth between. Clean, Chris Collins and his son looked devastating, and they clearly have some information from witnesses about what was said from the father to the son. So I congratulate them on their excellent good work and continuing to drain the swamp. But there's a little bit of a back story here to when I was he was there was a case call Newman in the second circuit, overturned the convictions of some people on what I thought. And most legal experts thought was a misguided ground. The injected, a new requirement in order convicts. Try to trading in that is that there had to be a benefit, a concrete financial pecuniary benefit to the person who is providing the tip so that if you just providing tip for free information to a friend or a spouse or family member, according to this, I think bad decision called Newman. You couldn't prosecute that person for insider trading. And most of the time when that kind of gift is made, there's not an expectation of cash money coming back to you. And so there was a long fight within the Justice department and in another case called Salman and based on a lot of the work that my office did in the arguments that they made the supreme court, not that long ago overruled this legal principle in the Newman case, eight zero and had that not happened from what I can see looking at this indictment, the prosecution of Chris Collins would not have been possible, so I'm gratified both the my office is continue to work very proud of them, but I'm gratified second that the work we all did together before was vindicated and bad rule that would have, I think, allowed for a lot of corrupt conduct to go unpunished, was reversed in the fruits of that reversal. We're seeing in this case today, and you know, and by the way, there's going to be a lot of commentary. And that is a Chris Collins, a Republican and the Chris Collins was one of the first. If not the first member of the house to endorse President Trump that doesn't matter. I don't care about that. My old office doesn't care about that in my time as US attorney in I imparted of this tradition continues nobody cared. If you're Republican or democrat, we investigate both. We've prosecuted more Democrats and Republicans what matters here is the rule of law and was there a violation that can be proven and it seems like they found one. Episode of stay tuned. Thanks again to my guest, Steve Schmidt. If you like the show rate and review it
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
"He he is a warrior, yes, but also a peacemaker. That's fair. Can ask you, you know, you speak very passionately articulately about not just politics, but policy and values, and you've always said, you're the guy behind the scenes. You care deeply about politics. You've spent all nighters many, many times in your life, advocating for other candidates. How come not you. You know, I, I don't know. You know, I've never thought about it to be honest with, you know, I've spent my career inside the campaigns had an opportunity to, you know, work in a White House and had some interesting experiences they are. But you know, I, I have young kids. I'm forty, seven, you know, hopefully you got a couple more miles around the track. You know, you never say, never. You never know what's going to happen in life, but in the nineteen thirties, fascism rose. Not because it was strong, but because democracy was weak and spent my political career really my I pay job in politics age twenty two in nineteen ninety to finish college through. Now in the next election, you know, I'll be turning fifty years old and so I've watched the generousity like a frog in the pot of boiling water in anybody who's played at the highest level of America. In politics. I have none of us have clean hands in this, but you know, have watched or politics Courson hour by hour year by year until we arrive at a point where you ask people as a Harvard professor did a study who were born in the nineteen thirties, how central live in democracy in, you know, the answers eighty five percent, and then he has the people born in the nineteen eighties interest, twenty five percent and you this. This is worrying it's it's concerning and watching what's on folded in the last eighteen months. For my perspective, you know, I'm not okay with it is a new experience for me to talking about some of the things I've been talking about into, hopefully trying to frame some of them into a historical context to communicate to people to everybody believes in the moment that they live in that it's either you know the best of times or it's the worst of times and it's it's. Neither the country's resilient. It's faced existential crises greater than Donald Trump, but no one should mistake that Donald Trump is in a crisis. It is and what we have in this country and Whitman, bequeath to us isn't necessarily self enduring. And I think we see that in spades, Steve Schmidt were sadly at a time I'd love to have you back. Thank you for speaking with principal and with frankness on TV all the time I want you in today on the show. Thanks with. So now let's talk about something in the news struck me taping this around eleven AM on Wednesday, August eighth, in my way, over to the studio news broke that a sitting congressman from the twenty seventh district in New York. Christopher Collins had been arrested and charged with insider trading offenses in the office that brought the charges was none other than this other district of New York where used to work as you know, and we bring a lot of insider trading cases. Chris Collins served some terms in the twenty seventh district, and he is going to his website and a member of the ironic -ly law enforcement caucus. The case charges Christopher Collins and his son Cameron Collins and another individual with a particular insider trading scheme in and the case. Basically when I can see in the indictment nettle I know about it is that Chris Collins was a shareholder in and a member of the board of. Of a biotech company named innate immunotherapy limited. Its potential future claim to fame was it was developing a treatment for form of multiple sclerosis.
"steve schmidt" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
"Steve Schmidt. Thank you for being on the show. It's great to have you pleasure to be with you. Thank you. So you have been in politics a long time, and I thought we'd start by talking about a fairly dramatic decision. You made in recent weeks and read for the listeners and for you the beginning of the statement you made when you chose to leave the Republican party. And you said this quote twenty nine years and nine months ago, I registered to vote and became a member of the Republican party which was founded in eighteen fifty four to oppose Lavery Stanford the dignity of human life. Today, I renounce my membership in the Republican party. It is fully the party of Trump, and then you went on to say about the party. It is corrupt, indecent, and immoral with the exception of a few governors like Baker, HOGAN, and casick. It is filled with feckless cowards, who disgrace and dishonor legacies of the party's greatest leaders. The child separation policy is connected to the worse. Abuses of humanity in our history, and then you go on also not mincing words. What made you make that decision and use strong language? Well, because I believe it and I think that the Republican party has become a threat to liberal democracy in the United States to our constitutional Republic, and I think that's tragic for the country because of the nature of our politics and the durability until now the two party system. I've always had a point of view that these two political parties are to the most important institutions not just in the history of the country, but in the history of the world for the advancement of human freedom and dignity in each political party has put forward in times of existential crisis in the in the nation's history. It is put forward the leaders who have saved the country. In the nineteenth century, the great Republican president, the greatest leader of the nineteenth century. In my view, ABRAHAM LINCOLN saves the union FDR. The greatest president of the twentieth century saves free market American capitalism in leads the allies in a war against the darkness of Nazi Germany, imperial Japan. It saves the world in rewards the world, the degeneracy of the conservative movement of the Republican party into a scam in a racket in a business that venerates now in a cult of personality, Donald Trump is dismaying to mate whose fault is whose falls. Steve. You know, I think if you were to go back in and look at this certainly Newt Gingrich's typhoid Mary of the divisiveness that exists in our politics toxicity. You're two quick stories. I always loved the story of the friendship between the late great, democratic Senator and medal of honor recipient Daniel in a way in Bob Dole who spent years together recovering in an army hospital after their World War Two wounds, right? And in a way pod dole to play bridge and one day dole ass in a what are you gonna do when you get outta here in a way, says I, I, you know, I have no idea. Never thought we were gonna get outta here in dole Huzzah elaborate plan. He's going to be run for county attorney's gonna finish law school. He he's gonna, get elected to congress, win in away, elected to congress. He writes, dole not says here I am wherever you, of course, when in away passes is flag. Draped casket in. In the rotunda of the capital flanked by army soldiers and dress uniform attention in old man is wheeled to those velvet ropes around that casket, and Bob Dole stands up and he salutes with his one good arm. His brother, his friend is fierce partisan opponent, Amana loved. But before he stands up and does that, he says, Danny would never have wanted me wanted to see me sitting in this wheel chair and the the these men were fellow Americans. He loved annual in a way he was not gained in aways enemy. He was his opponent, and we lost that in American politics in Gingrich's a is an avatar of that. That being said, historically, the Republican party was the party of the north in the west. You look at the twentieth century presidents from California, Nixon in Reagan, the Republican party that we talk about today is the southern Republican party with Johnson signed civil rights. Act..
"steve schmidt" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber
"Cast partisan censorship of truth. As the party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. Liberals have long attacked Trump as bad for working people. A con man who ran on populism but govern for the one percent kind of a policy thief. Another critique is that Trump is actually challenging something more valuable than property. Our sense of reality itself consider another dystopia and writer. Curtis Jackson who said, hey, delight or more than I hate thief. Thief is only after my salary, a liar is after my. Reality. In fact, in that same song, there is another axiom quote, here's a jewel, love your enemies and hate your friends. Your enemies remained the same friends always change, and some of the friends who know Trump best are changing Michael Cohen, Rick gates, Mike Flynn, meanwhile, Trump's wider cast of political friends. If you want to call them that Republicans who've never met him around the country. They're standing strong tonight and a pure down with his reality. I'm joined by Steve Schmidt, Steve, what do you think Trump is doing? And is he aware to some degree that denying the publicly reported reality is key to his reelection. Of course, right? You talked about one thousand nine hundred eighty four. There's the famous scene at the end of the book where Winston is being tortured in the party official is holding up four fingers and says to Winston, how many fingers am I holding up in Winston being tortured and tear says, I only see four. I see four in the party official says it could be three or it could be five. It's what the party tells you it is. It's so it's not just that Trump is assaulting objective truth. This is a political strategy. This is about a demand for obedience. This is the transformation of a smaller Republican party to a cult of personality where what the leader says is true is true. What the leader feels to be true is true. If you can subordinate reality at the command of a political leader, you are no longer functionally living in a democracy, whether it's. Inside the United States are not for a faction of this country. They have surrendered their sovereignty, their intellectual Tommy to Donald Trump. Now I'm not a psychiatrist. I'm not a psychologist. I can't explain why. If you were to join a cult, why he would be the co leader that you would line up and follow that. That being said, though, when you're able to convince somebody what is certainly true is not when you can embrace the big lie with the same type of affective, nece that fascist movements used it that Hitler used it that muscle Leany used it that Soviets used it. Then you are well on your way to do in grave and lasting damage to the fundamental institutional pillars of a Democratic Republic, like the United States. And this president does not stand accused of the conduct of some of those regimes with regard to the information there. The propaganda efforts. This seems to be where. Trump's approach and his insistence that things that are true are false relates to the way he's allegedly abusing the powers of the executive to control who has access to information to legitimize who can speak about national security and who can't, which dovetails back with the security clearance story for your reaction. Take a look at Sarah Sanders on that..
"steve schmidt" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Longtime gop strategist and msnbc analysts steve schmidt declared last night he was leaving the republican party which he called out fully the party of trump ronald reagan he tweeted would be ashamed of connell and ryan and all the rest while this corrupt government establishes internment camps for babies every one of these complicit leaders were carried the shane from history they disgraced their country brought dishonor to the party of lincoln around that same time the republican lieutenant governor utah was also tweeting this can't sleep tonight i know i shouldn't tweet but i'm angry and sad my hate we've become republicans in congress have expressed reservations about the trump policy family separation crucially not a single one signed onto democratic efforts to pass a standalone bill to stop it with me now conservative congressman who described the separation policy is terrible congressman roger marshall republican of kansas congressman it was yesterday i believe or few days ago the president said explicitly i can't just sign an executive order to stop this and then today he signed an executive order to stop it was the president line no not not at all i think the president was much like a like a big ship sailing into the wind trying to tack back and forth he started down a policy direction it wasn't working quite the way he wanted to to sweet tacked over to this side i think that you have to keep in mind the presence made objective is always national security and securing these borders so he's going to keep that as priority certainly he was concerned as much like you and i are about the children and he's tried to fix this problem as well if he was if he was concerned about the children why did he only act after several weeks after twenty six hundred children have been separated a massive media outcry people turned against him at capitol hill and after he gave a speech day in which you said you have to take away the children to applause exactly i think there's more facts that need to be reported we went with illegal crossings across our mexican border from fifteen thousand a month to fifty thousand congress business become this was becoming a crisis this was becoming a he was reacting to fix the crisis and keeping these for national simple i asked a simple question the question was which i'd like you to answer if possible if the president was upset about separating children why did he put a policy in place in separate children not tell the truth about that being his policy and then stick to it for six weeks while twenty six hundred children were separated and not change until an outcry happened i think he was trying to keep his priorities straight which is exactly what he did and he's continuing to do that he's his if you would just know the presence heart the way i know he loves children you saw what happened syria when when the children were bombed with chemical weapons of heart response to this the presence intention was never to hurt families his intention was always national security and border security and then we had this situation arise and he's a dressing sale we have we have interviewed on this network we've interviewed mothers from guatemala honduras whose sons have been killed by drug tells who have fled a thousand miles north risking everything are they national security threat i think when you have fifty thousand people crossing our border at the same time that's the number about trying to trying the answer chris i think that you have to share the rest of the story the number of families that are they're opposing families as quadruple crying across our borders so you're you're having people that are doing human trafficking terroists terrorists in cartel members using your kids as their cart where is the evidence of that i have heard that where's your evidence for that where's an evidence of terrorist using child to cross the border i would like to see some evidence of that right so i think what i wouldn't to do go look at the kids that are under the age of five years old that are being in custody right now and see how many of them were separated from true pairs as opposed to from cartel members or from traffickers so i think you need to do some more investigative reporting and that's why i'm going to the border my son's weekend disorder this out yes well congressman i would love it if you or i get into the facilities fiveyearold's but they won't let us into the.